'Diabetes patients need BP, kidney checks'
Rates of stroke and kidney failure among people with diabetes have now reached record levels in Ireland, according to the advocacy group Diabetes Ireland.
Thus highlights the importance of people with diabetes having their blood pressure and kidney function checked every year, according to Dr Anna Clarke, Health Promotion Manager with Diabetes Ireland.
The group points out that latest figures show rates of inpatient treatment for stroke and kidney failure were significantly higher in 2010 than in 2006.
There has been a 36% increase in strokes since 2006 among those with diabetes, and a 62% rise in kidney failure among the same patient cohort.
Dr Clarke said people with diabetes should have blood pressure and kidney checks as part of their annual full physical review.
She pointed out that stroke, kidney failure and other complications of diabetes can be prevented if diabetes is diagnosed early and people are given good support and healthcare.
The increased levels of stroke and kidney failure among people with diabetes in Ireland suggests a failure in preventative care in this area, according to Dr Clarke.
[Posted: Thu 19/07/2012]